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April is distracted driving awareness month. Construction zone prohibition It is against the law to use a hand held phone in a construction zone in Virginia. Be aware that the texting law in Virginia prohibits the dialing of multiple digits. All dialing should be limited to voice activation or one touch dialing. The major issue with hand held phone usage is the handling of the phone. A Safe Way Driving Academy recommends using a phone mount to eliminate fumbling for the phone and having to look away from the road to use the...

Distracted driving is becoming an ever increasing problem for driver safety. Get in the habit of waiting to make your phone calls and text....

Driver Positioning   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJQV9SAQZ0[/embedyt] position.  In order to sit comfortably and good control over the car with a balanced motion you should be 10-12 inches from the steering wheel or at a distance where your wrist rest comfortably on the steering wheel at 12:00 with a slight bend in the elbow. The steering wheel should be slanted toward your chest or body and not your face. The potential danger of the air bags deploying makes this distance necessary for your protection. The air bag deploys at 200 mph in 1/25th of a second. It is impossible get out of the way in time...

An usual sign at a dangerous intrsection. INTERSECTIONS: CREATING A SAFE ENCOUNTER Creating a buffer zone. Scan the intersection, identify potential conflicts and mentally determine the best course of action, should the worst-case scenario occur; thereby, executing the determined response in good time. When approaching an intersection You can by scanning ahead, determine in advance if the light has been green for a long time (stale green) and is potentially ready to change to yellow. Lifting your right foot off the accelerator when you reach the solid white lane dividing line stop if the light were to turn yellow. If the light remains green...

 5 Habits of Safe Drivers #2   BUCKLE UP   It is a myth that you can better survive some accidents when unbuckled!   It is a small price to pay for safety.  Again, you are the safety factor!         Make it a habit   Is there any benefit to not buckling up?   It is a small price to pay for safety.  Again, you are the factor in this safety feature; you must actively apply your belt. Be Aware of the 3rd impact! Active Restraints: Seat Belts It is a myth that you can better survive some accidents when unbuckled!   Buckling is a small price to pay for safety. The Third...

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Driving in flooded water- safe driving tips   Emergencies on the road Do not panic! Many situation can come out a lot better if you maintain a calm mind.  Only drive in flooded areas in an emergency.   [caption id="attachment_16971" align="alignnone" width="300"] When driving in flooded water be sure you can see the road.[/caption] Driving in Moving Water  Your car floats! Never, never, drive into moving water! The power of moving water is unimaginable. You can be swept away by a swollen stream that seemed harmless the day before the rain. Not only is moving water powerful, but your vehicle floats! The combination can cause you to...

PROPER DRIVER POSITIONING [caption id="attachment_17052" align="alignnone" width="300"] Position your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel.[/caption]   In order to maintain balanced, smooth control over your car, you should be in the proper driving position. Position your hands on the outside of the steering wheel at the 3 and 9 positions. Adjust the top of the head rest to the top of our ears Your left foot should be on the dead petal. Your right foot go from the accelerator to the brake without lifting your foot from the floor. Additional resources: www.drivesmartva.org Position yourself 10-12 inches from the steering wheel [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJQV9SAQZ0[/embedyt] Place your wrist...

PROPER DRIVER POSITIONING In order to maintain balanced, smooth control over your car, you should be in the proper driving position. Your hands should be positioned on the outside of the steering wheel at the 4 and 8 position or at the 3 and 9 positions. Your head rest should be adjusted so the top of your ears are at the top of the head rest. Your left foot should be on the dead petal. Your right foot should be able to go from the accelerator to the brake without lifting your foot from the floor. Additional resources: www.drivesmartva.org Be 10-12 inches from...

THE "ZIPPER" MERGE! This is a concept I have taught in my driver improvement classes and teen classes for years. The idea of "blocking" a lane to prevent other cars from getting in front of you in a long merge lane is not helpful. With lanes that "bottleneck" or merge into smaller lanes it is not best to get into the open lane as soon as possible as most believe. The two lanes are open to expedite traffic as much as possible until the merge begins. If the cars in line will "zipper" merger, each person taking a turn at the bottleneck,...